Ex-FM Chien turned down Wu as broker for diplomacy

The China Post news staff

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Eugene Chien, former minister of foreign affairs, turned down an offer from Wu Shi-tsai to help set up diplomatic relations between Taiwan and Papua New Guinea in 2003. Wu is now under detention for further questioning in connection with the snow-balling scandal involving Taiwan’s purchase of Papua New Guinea as a new diplomatic ally. Chien was contacted by Wu, who volunteered to persuade Port Moresby to switch diplomatic recognition from Beijing to Taipei, an aide to the former foreign minister said yesterday. He said Chien simply refused to meet Wu. Instead, Chien told the aide to “just listen to him and do nothing.”

Chiou I-jen, secretary-general at the National Security Council, told James Huang, foreign minister, to let Wu and Ching Chi-jiu handle the diplomatic brokering in 2006. A total of US$29.8 million was remitted to an OCBC Bank in Singapore to buy the diplomatic friendship. The money was gone when Huang called a halt to the brokering.